Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy

The Assessment laboratories support teaching a broad array of skill development in Physical Therapy students related to the musculoskeletal, integumentary and cardiopulmonary systems. Students learn and practice patient management, including vital signs, heart and lung auscultation, airway clearance techniques, positioning, transfers, posture analysis, flexibility and strength testing, gait training, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and wound/burn care.

  • The cubicles are set up to simulate hospital and outpatient examination rooms.
  • The treatment tables are adjustable in height to permit student practice while using good body mechanics. Some of the tables are modified to add devices for lumbar traction.
  • Anatomical models include a variety of skeletons, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, ankles, spines, skulls, brains, hearts and lungs to assist students in learning anatomical landmarks.
  • For rehabilitation purposes, modalities include cryotherapy, superficial heat, deep heat (ultrasound and diathermy), laser, traction, mechanical compression and electrical stimulators (AC and DC) that include interferential, pre-modulated, medium frequency, biphasic, hi-volt and micro-current options.
  • Patient cardiopulmonary signs are monitored with ECG, stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers, pulse oximeters and the spirometer.

  • Students become versatile in physical therapist patient examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention. Skills include alleviating patients' movement impairments and functional limitations by designing, implementing and modifying therapeutic interventions to help patients return to function. Students also are prepared to educate patients and families, to promote fitness, health and quality of life in all age groups, and to consult with community members and organizations.

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